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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 28. Paris, France, Mid- 13th century. This compact Parisian bible contains the letter and prologue of Saint Jerome, the Latin text of the Vulgate, and an alphabetical list of Hebrew names with their interpretations. The final folio contains notes and finding aids in an early hand. The book was produced in the mid-thirteenth century. It is decorated with seven historiated initials (Saint Jerome, fol. 1r; the Seven Days of Creation, fol. 5r; Solomon Teaching,...
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Topics: 13th century, French, France
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Special Collections
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Lehigh University, Special Collections, Lehigh Codex 10. Naples, Italy, Second half 15th century. This late fifteenth-century manuscript, written on paper, contains a compilation of alchemical texts assembled and copied by Arnold of Brussels. For the most part, it was made in Naples between 1472 and 1490, as often noted at the end of works (for example, fols. 149r, 182v, 196v). A group of works in the middle of the volume appear to be in a different, possibly German, hand (fols. 79-101). As...
Topics: Alchemy, 15th century, Italy
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 31. Oxford?, England, Circa 1230. This manuscript is a Vulgate Bible written in England in the second quarter of the thirteenth century. It has typical layout in two columns and decorations of red and blue initials, running titles, and chapter numbers. The Bible is followed by a concordance written in three columns.
Topics: Bible, Christian, England
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 37. Italy, Possibly made in Genoa or Naples; circa 1260-1280. This manuscript is a large Latin Bible with prologues and the Interpretationes Hebraicorum nominum. It was written in Italy in rotunda script between approximately 1260 and 1280, but the historiated and illuminated initials from the beginning of the Old Testament through the wisdom writings are by a French illuminator. An Italian illuminator is responsible for the decoration in the rest of the...
Topics: Bible, 13th century, French
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 242. France, Circa 1250. This manuscript is a thirteenth-century Bible copied in France, possibly Paris, with the prologues of Jerome and the Interpretationes Hebraicorum nominum (Interpretation of Hebrew names). It is written in two columns of textualis script with running titles and chapter numbers in red and blue letters. Its hierarchy of decoration includes historiated initials at a small number of book and psalm divisions; decorated initials at all...
Topics: Bible, 13th century, 14th century
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Quaker & Special Collections
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Haverford College, Quaker & Special Collections, Rendel Harris 1. Northern Spain, Most likely from Tudela, Burgeos, or Soria in northern Spain, based on the Sephardic script, use of a reed pen, eight sheets per quire, sequence of books after Malachi, and the page pricking method, according to Rachel Beckwith; 1266. This manuscript is a Hebrew Bible with a colophon dated 5026 (1266), written in Spain, probably Tudela, Burgeos, or Soria. It has an unusual book order after the Prophets, only...
Topics: Bible, 13th century, Sephardi
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 158. France, Paris, Circa 1275. This noted Dominican Missal, likely produced in Paris, contains thirteen historiated initials by the Johannes Grusch workshop. A series of prayers for Charles I, King of Sicily (r. 1265-1285) and his family indicate an early Southern Italian or Sicilian ownership.
Topics: 13th century, Missal, Historiated initial
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Bryn Mawr College Library
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Bryn Mawr College Library, MS 16. Italy, Early 16th century. This is an early sixteenth-century Italian manuscript by Domizio Calderino, which includes two texts: a treatise on the gods and a commentary on Virgil's Aeneid. The manuscript is made of five or six different paper stocks, one of which is of a smaller size. The initials of the first words in each text division are in large majuscules outside the text block.
Topics: Treatise, Commentary, 16th century
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 34. Paris, France, Circa 1250. This manuscript is a thirteenth-century Bible written in Paris, France.
Topics: Bible, Christian, 13th century
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 38. Siena?, Italy, Circa 1250. This manuscript is a Bible written in Italy, perhaps Siena, in the thirteenth century. Each book of the Bible begins with a historiated initial; approximately ten initials have been cut out, as well as outer half of the fourth leaf. The text of the Bible is written in two columns of rotunda script; it is followed by The Interpretation of Hebrew Names, also in two columns, which is missing the entries at the end after Zava....
Topics: Bible, 13th century, Italian
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Widener 3. Flanders, Third quarter of the 15th century. This lavish Book of Hours (The Browne Hours) was made for the wealthy English merchant John Browne and his wife Agnes. The couple are portrayed as supplicants before the Mass of Saint Gregory on fol. 8v, and John Browne's trademark appears in the border of that page and also inside the back cover. The volume is remarkable in many aspects. It retains its original fifteenth century binding, complete with silver...
Topics: Book of Hours, 15th century, Flemish
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Philadelphia Museum of Art, Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
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Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, 1945‑65‑20. Armenia, 16th century. This manuscript is a liturgical psalter and perpetual calendar for the Armenian church. Psalms 1-147 are divided into eight canons, each of which is divided into seven sections. Canticles from the Old Testament follow each canon. Psalms 148-150 are followed by the canticle of the Three Hebrew Children, the three New Testament canticles, Psalm 151, the prayer of Manasseh, and the prayer composed by Saint...
Topics: Psalter, 16th century, 17th century
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Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History, Othmer MS 1. Bergamo?, Milan?, Pavia?, Como?, Northwestern Italy, Probably before 22 December 1438. This manuscript contains a recipe collection with more than 520 different recipes on topics ranging from alchemy and medicine to solutions for simple household problems such as fleas, with an extensive alphabetical index.
Topics: 15th century, Italy, Italian
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 17. Austro-Bavaria, 16th century. This manuscript contains an armorial of sixteenth-century Austro-Bavarian nobility.
Topics: Armorial, 16th century, German
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 256. Bavaria?, Southern Germany, German Cistercian Monastery; 1318-1325. This manuscript is a complete fourteenth-century Cistercian Breviary from Germany.
Topics: Breviary, 14th century, Germany
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Library Company
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Library Company, 9. England, 13th century. This manuscript is a thirteenth-century English Bible that was presented to the Library Company of Philadelphia in 1768 by Dr. George Vaux of London. The books of the Bible are bound in an unusual order, in a later binding with signs of trimming. In the Hebrew scriptures, Psalms is followed by the minor prophets, then the major prophets, then the wisdom books. Leaves at the end of Ezekiel and the beginning of Daniel are missing (between fols. 307 and...
Topics: Bible, 13th century, English
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Library Company
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Library Company, 4. Augsburg, Germany, Circa 1520. This luxury Psalter appears to have been created for Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria (1493-1550), as suggested by the depiction of the arms of Bavaria on folio 32r. It contains the major Psalm groupings at Psalms 1, 26, 38, 52, 68, 80, 97, and 109, but also contains additional subdivisions for Sunday Vespers, and for Ferial Vespers. The Psalter is accompanied by the Canticles, Litany, and Collect (fols. 130r-146r). Appended in a slightly later hand...
Topics: Psalter, 16th century, German
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History
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Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History, Othmer MS 2. Northern Italy, Between 1450 and 1475. This manuscript contains a miscellany of practical and theoretical alchemical texts with a full-page drawing of alchemical instruments.
Topics: Treatise, 15th century, Italy
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 221. Belém, Portugal, Patronage details and date specified in colophon (fol. 318v); 1548 June. This antiphonary contains the liturgical texts for the annual cycle of saints' feast days, beginning with Saint Andrew and ending with Saint Clement (fols. 1r-179r). It also includes antiphons for the feasts of Saints Peter and Paul, the Chair of Saint Peter, and Saint Lucy (fols. 179r-183v). The colophon (fol. 318v) tells us that the book was finished in June...
Topics: Antiphonary, 16th century, Musical notation
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History
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Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History, Othmer MS 5. England, After 1446 - circa 1475. This manuscript contains an early copy, made in England, of the Latin version of a fourteenth-century alchemical text. It includes the first book of the Testamentum and about fifty practical, alchemical recipes in Latin and English.
Topics: Treatise, 15th century, England
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 246. Germany?, 15th century. This manuscript, made in Germany in the fourteenth century, represents an early copy of works by the Franciscan biblical scholar Nicholas of Lyra (d. 1349). It contains his comparison of the Latin Vulgate and Hebrew texts of the Old Testament (fols. 1r-79v), a tract against Jews (fols. 80r-99v), and a commentary on Paul's Epistle to Titus (fols. 100r-120r). It also contains an allegorical concordance of the Old and New...
Topics: Treatise, Commentary, 15th century
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 45. France, Circa 1250. This manuscript contains a Bible with glossa ordinaria.
Topics: Bible, 13th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 168. France, Early 14th century. This manuscript contains the Latin text of Petrus Comestor's biblical paraphrase, the Historia scholastica (fols. 1r-214v). It includes tables of contents for each book of scripture covered, as well as marginal glosses in near contemporary and later medieval hands in both drypoint and ink. The body text is helpfully annotated with running headings and chapter numbers, and this book also contains medieval foliation in ink....
Topics: Commentary, 14th century, French
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Widener 4. Paris, France, Fol. 26v contains the arms of Jean III, seigneur of Acigné and of Cordemai (c. 1430-1497), son of Jean II, seigneur of Acigné and of Fontenay (1409-1462), and of Catherine de Malestroit de Chateaugiron (d. 13 November 1434); the letters K and S (Calendar, Suffrages, and possibly insignia on covers) may refer to King Charles VI of France; circa 1405. This manuscript is a Book of Hours was made for the use of Rennes in 1405 and features a...
Topics: Book of Hours, 15th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 260. Germany, 15th century. This manuscript contains the text of Schwabenspiegel, legal code concerning land ownership and other matters.
Topics: Treatise, 15th century, German
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 166. France, Circa 1300. This volume, written in France circa 1300, mostly consists of the Summa de vitiis of Guilelmus Peraldus, followed by a shorter treatise on the virtues, with pages of notes bound in at the beginning and end. The text is written in Gothic textualis with several changes of hand and occasional manicules in the side margins and stemmata or lists in the lower margin. Its decoration largely consists of red initials, paragraph marks, and...
Topics: 14th century, France, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
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Free Library of Philadelphia, MS 484/18. Bohemia, 12th century. This manuscript is a twelfth-century copy of the Book of Joshua, with commentary.
Topics: Bible, Chronicle, 12th century
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Philadelphia Museum of Art, Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
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Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, 1945‑65‑1. Paris, France, Illuminated by the Orosius Master and his workshop, Paris, circa 1408-1410; circa 1408-1410. This manuscript is a deluxe illuminated copy of the first five books of Raoul de Presles's French translation of and commentary on Augustine's City of God, a theological and historical treatise countering the claim that the Roman Empire fell because of its conversion to Christianity. The French translation, commissioned by...
Topics: Treatise, 15th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Pennsylvania Museum of Art, Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
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Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, 1945‑65‑13. France, Mid to late 15th century. This Book of Hours for the Use of Rome contains an unusually dense iconographic cycle which includes fifty-three large miniatures and many smaller marginal scenes. It was produced in Northern France, most likely Paris, in the last decade of the fifteenth century. The calendar, in French (pp. 1-24), is illustrated on each page with seven or eight small miniatures housed within architectural frames,...
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Topics: Book of Hours, 15th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 199. Flanders, Circa 1340. This manuscript contains seven leaves of the text Legenda aurea (Golden Legend).
Topics: Saint's Life, 14th century, Flanders
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History
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Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History, Othmer MS 9. Northeastern France, Circa 1600-1640. This is a seventeenth-century copy of a fifteenth-century translation and re-working on the Rosarius Philosophorum.
Topics: 17th century, France, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Quaker & Special Collections
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Haverford College, Quaker & Special Collections, 1250 J2.16.10. Northern France, Circa 1200. This manuscript is an early thirteenth-century Bible with additional prayers and appendices. It features over fifty highly elaborate zoomorphic and inhabited initials with decorated initials throughout.
Topics: 13th century, Bible, France
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 81. Germany, 1423. This manuscript contains an early fifteenth-century copy of Epistola ad Iheronimum (Letter to Jerome) and Vitae patrum (Lives of the Fathers).
Topics: Accounts, 15th century, German
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 218. Northern Italy, 13th century. This manuscript contains a thirteenth-century missal from Northern Italy.
Topics: Missal, 13th century, Italian
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 32. Oxford?, England, Circa 1230. This manuscript is a thirteenth-century Vulgate Bible, written in England, lacking the Psalms and the prologue before Genesis. Many of the numerous brief marginal notes have been trimmed. The Bible is followed by the end of an incomplete Interpretation of Hebrew Names, starting in the letter S (fols. 249r-251r), and three pages of medieval notes (fols. 251v-252v). The published account of the first two articles (out of...
Topics: Bible, Christian, 13th century
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 36. Padua or Venice, Italy, Circa 1260-1280. This Italian Bible was probably produced in either Padua or Venice in the second half of the thirteenth century. It features a classic Italian rotunda script, while the stylistic traits visible in the miniatures, such as the green flesh tones and highlighting of the drapery of the figures in the historiated initials, link this Bible to those produced by the renowned Italian scribe Giovanni da Gaibana of Padua at...
Topics: 13th century, Italian, Italy
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 35. Pontigny?, France, Possibly a monastic study text from the Cistercian abbey at Pontigny, where Langton resided 1207-1213; between 1220 and 1230. This manuscript is a partial copy of Stephen Langton's commentary on the Pentateuch, covering Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers. It was copied in France, possibly Pontigny, circa 1220-1230. It is not a fine copy, written on parchment of varying size, many sheets with irregular edges and holes, with very limited...
Topics: Commentary, 13th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 82. Germany, 1464. This manuscript contains a copy of Vitae patrum dated 1464.
Topics: Biography, 15th century, German
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Bryn Mawr College Library
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Bryn Mawr College Library, MS 12. Rome, Italy, 1462. This manuscript contains John Chrysostom's Homeliae in johannis evangelium, translated by Francesco Griffolini of Arezzo. The scribe is identified in the colophon as Lambert Leynen, who copied the manuscript in Rome in 1462. The manuscript belonged to the library of the Carthusian Charterhouse of Saint Barbara in Cologne and previous owners include Leander van Ess, Sir Thomas Phillipps, and John Meade Falkner.
Topics: 15th century, Italy, Humanistic
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
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Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 10a 131. Veneto?, Italy, Volume one: 14th century; volume two: third quarter of the 15th century; between 1450 and 1475. Volume one is a fourteenth-century collection of medical recipes, likely written in Veneto, Italy. Volume two is a late 15th century collection of medical recipes, also likely written in Veneto, Italy. Each volume is bound individually in paper boards, and then the two volumes have been bound together.
Topics: Recipe book, 14th century, 15th century
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 5. Reims, France, Second half of the 12th century. This manuscript is a twelfth-century copy of a treatise by Saint Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109), produced in Reims. A medieval scribe entitled this copy De casu primi angeli (On the Fall of the First Angel). The treatise is also known as De casu diaboli (The Fall of the Devil). Using Lucifer's fall from heaven as a point of departure, Anselm discusses the concept of free will in the treatise.
Topics: Treatise, 12th century, France
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
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Free Library of Philadelphia, LC 14 23. Italy, The watermark can be localized to Venice; february 27, 1460. The principal text in this legal compendium is Angelo de Gambiglioni's Tractatus de Malificiis (fols. 1r-102v). Other authors represented include Bartolus de Saxoferrato, Iacobus Butrigarius, and Iacobus de Arena. In all, forty-four texts are present though most are only excerpts. The colophon on fol. 103r informs us that the scribe for the first part of this volume was Johannes Batista...
Topics: Treatise, 15th century, Italian
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 30. England, Oxford?; second quarter of the 13th century. This manuscript is a Bible with prologues (lacking the Psalms), written in England, possibly Oxford, in the second quarter of the thirteenth century. It is decorated throughout with blue initials flourished with red; running titles and chapter numbers in alternating red and blue letters; and rubrication and touches to capitals in red ink. It has frequent brief marginal notes from early owners, owner...
Topics: Bible, 13th century, England
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 138. Milan, Italy, 1459. This manuscript is a humanist copy of the first book of Jacques de Vitry's thirteenth-century history, on Jerusalem or the Orient. The manuscript is written in one hundred chapters whose titles are listed in a table of contents at the beginning of the volume. The colophon at the end of the table of contents (fol. 5r) records that Johannes de Camenago copied the manuscript in 1459 in Milan. At least one leaf of the preface (before...
Topics: History, 15th century, Italian
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
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Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 10a 212. Lombardy?, Italy, Early 14th century. This manuscript is an early fourteenth-century copy of a treatise on kingly conduct written in the thirteenth century by Giles of Rome for Prince Philip, later Philip IV of France. The manuscript is divided into three books: the first on the individual conduct of the king, the second on personal relationships with family and household, and the third on the state. Each of the...
Topics: Treatise, 14th century, Italian
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Quaker & Special Collections
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Haverford College, Quaker & Special Collections, Rendel Harris 47a. Italy, 15th century. This is a fifteenth-century Italian copy of Barzizza's Colores, based on the Ciceronian rhetorical tradition.
Topics: 15th century, Italy, Italian
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 18. Germany, Circa early 15th century. This manuscript is an early 15th-century German translation of Villanova's Liber de vinis, a medical treatise on the uses of wine.
Topics: 15th century, German, Germany
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by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 110. Northern France, Early 15th century. This manuscript is a Book of Hours from the early 15th century.
Topics: Book of Hours, 15th century, France
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 170. France Italy, Third quarter 13th century to first quarter 14th century. This volume contains Peter Lombard's Liber IV sententiarum (Four Books of Sentences) in two neat columns of text. It is embellished with large decorated initials at important divisions in the text, such as the start of the prologue and of each individual book (fols. 1r, 3r, 63r, 65r, 116v, and 156v). Its wide margins have been filled with copious notes and annotations in a number...
Topics: Treatise, 14th century, French
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 63. England?, Second or third quarter 12th century. This manuscript is a twelfth-century copy of John Cassian's Collationes, twenty-four conversations with prominent monks about monastic life, recommended for monastic reading in the Benedictine rule. The text is now incomplete, lacking Collations 12, 16-22, and 24. It is in two parts, described in thirteenth-century notes inside the front cover as Decem collationes Cassiani ad beatum papam Leontium...
Topics: 12th century, English, Missing leaves
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by Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
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Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 10a 154. Italy?, Fourth quarter 16th century, 1581 or later. This manuscript was written in the late sixteenth century and contains eight separate texts, including several by Bottoni and several by Mercuriale.
Topics: Treatise, 16th century, Italy
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by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis Add 4. Verona?, Italy, 1475.
Topics: Italy, Italian, Missal
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by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 66. Ferrara, Italy, 1468 March 12. This manuscript is a complete copy (excluding the first four letters of Book XVI, not due to missing leaves) of Cicero's Epistolae ad Familiares, completed in Ferrara on 12 March 1468 by Gregorius de Martinellis de Buccassolo, as noted in the closing colophon (fol. 174v). The text is divided into sixteen books, with an illuminated initial of gold on colored ground at the beginning of each book. The text is written in...
Topics: Illumination, 15th century, Italian
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by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 84. England, First half of 14th century. This manuscript is a fourteenth-century theological miscellany written in England. This manuscript contains a collection of theological writings, including Book III of Gregory the Great's Moralia in Job, an anonymous treatise entitled Summa de trinitate, Hugh of St. Cher's Speculum ecclesiae (Mirror of the Church), and Innocent III's De miseria conditionis humanae (On the misery of the human condition).
Topics: Miscellany, 14th century, Christian
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 244. Bologna, Italy, Third quarter 13th century. This large manuscript contains the Infortiatum of Justinian's Digest of Roman Law, along with the thirteenth-century jurist Accursius's commentary. Accursius died in 1263, so this Bolognese manuscript of circa 1270-1280 is an early example of his work. Both the primary text and the commentary are extensively glossed, in near-contemporary and later medieval hands. The parchment evinces historic damage and...
Topics: 13th century, Italian, Annotated
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 132. Southern Netherlands, Circa 1500. This manuscript is a Book of Hours for the Use of Utrecht, written in Dutch and Latin in hybrida script circa 1500, with full floral borders inhabited by a variety of creatures marking the major textual divisions and many hour divisions. The texts include the Hours of the Virgin, Penitential Psalms and Litany, and Office of the Dead, all in the translations of Gerard Groote, but also the Hours for the Days of the Week...
Topics: 16th century, Netherlands, Dutch
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 177. France? Germany?, 13th century. This manuscript contains a prayer book consisting of fragments of three different manuscripts.
Topics: Prayer book, 13th century, Christian
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Bryn Mawr College Library
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Bryn Mawr College Library, MS 10. Verona?, Northern Italy, Second half of the 15th century. This is an Italian manuscript from the second half of the fifteenth century, which contains: Pseudo-Eusebius' Epistola de morte Hieronomi ad Damasium; Pseudo-Augustine's Epistola de magnificentiis Hieronymi ad Cyrillum; Pseudo-Cyrillus' Epistola ad beatum Augustinum de miraculis Hieronymi; Sulpicius Severus' De vita beati Martini, his Tituli metrici de Santo Martino, and his Dialogus I-III; Gregory of...
Topics: Biography, 15th century, Christian
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by Philadelphia Museum of Art, Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
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Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, 1945‑65‑3. Paris, France, Between 1450 and 1480. This lavish manuscript copy of the Roman de la Rose features a remarkably dense iconographic cycle, containing seventy-five ornate miniatures. It was illuminated in the second half of the fifteenth century in the workshop of Maitre Francois, and the miniatures are the work of at least two artists. The program of illustrations favors the text of Guillaume de Lorris, which has forty-four...
Topics: 15th century, French, France
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by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 48. Amberg, Bavaria, Germany, Made in Amberg, Bavaria, December 15, 1420; december 15, 1420. This manuscript contains a fifteenth-century copy of Henri Bohic's Liber primus distinctionum super Decretales, a commentary on canon law. Bohic (1310-1350) was a professor of canon law at the University of Paris.
Topics: Commentary, Commentary, Christian
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 33. Paris, France, Circa 1250. This manuscript is a thirteenth-century Paris Bible.
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 126. Rouen?, France, Arms of the first owners on fol. 37v (per pale, one, azure between four crescents argent a saltire engrailed or, two, gules a tower with gateway argent): coat-of-arms in a wreath, with the arms of the husband and wife impaled, identified by A. Van de Put as those of Quinard of Languedoc, and Venot-de-Noisy of Burgundy and the Lyonnais; dexter arms alternatively identified as those of the Vauquelin of Normandy by Jean-Luc Deuffic...
Topics: Book of Hours, 15th century, 16th century
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
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Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 10a 249. Oxford, England, Oxford; 1348.
Topics: 14th century, Miscellany, English
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 9. Germany, Late 15th century; 13th century; 10th century. This manuscript is a late fifteenth-century processional with a binding fragment of an earlier astrological treatise pasted to the back board.
Topics: Processional, Astrology, Science
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 98. Paris, France, Fourth quarter 15th century. This manuscript is a fifteenth-century Book of Hours, following the use of Paris.
Topics: Book of Hours, 15th century, Christian
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 125. France, Late 15th century. This manuscript contains a Book of Hours, Use of Rouen.
Topics: Book of Hours, Prayer book, Private devotional text
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 198. Florence?, Italy, Circa 1450. This volume of works by Virgil, likely produced in Florence in the mid-fifteenth century, contains a verse prologue (fol. 1v), followed by the Aeneid (fols. 2r-145r), Eclogues (fols. 147r-159v), Georgics (fols. 160r-191v), and two Poems for Virgil (fol. 192r and 192v). The first folio of the Aeneid text is decorated with an inhabited initial showing Aeneas in armor, and a blank escutcheon, filled in with a later...
Topics: 15th century, Italy, Italian
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 216. Germany, 21 December 1408. This manuscript on paper is a copy of sermons on the Epistles by Matthias de Liegnitz, professor of theology at the Univerzita Karlova in Prague. After a brief introduction, the sermons are arranged according to the liturgical calendar, with rubrics from the Sundays of Advent through the Sundays after Trinity Sunday. The text is written in Gothic cursive script in two columns, with one decorated initial at the beginning and...
Topics: 15th century, German, Germany
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Special Collections Research Center
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Temple University, Special Collections Research Center, (SPC) MSS LT 055. Netherlands or Belgium?, Probably second half of the 15th century. This manuscript is a copy of De vita et moribus philosophorum, a collection of brief accounts of the lives and works of classical philosophers commonly attributed to the late thirteenth- and early fourteenth-century English scholastic Walter Burley but more recently thought to have originated in northern Italy in the fourteenth century. This copy was...
Topics: 15th century, Netherlands, Philosophy
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 8. Dijon, Burgundy, France, Circa 1475. This manuscript is a fragment of a fifteenth-century French Gradual.
Topics: 15th century, France, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 185. Paris, France, Several entries indicate usage in northwestern or central France, especially Savianus (Aug. 25; first archbishop of Sens), Amatus (Sept. 13) and Bercharius (October 16), both celebrated at the Abbey of Sens; several English saints suggest possible English ownership: Cuthbert (March 20; graded), Abbani (Albanus) (June 22; graded), Suithuni (Swithun) (July 2), Edmund (November 20); lacking important English saints like Dunstan (May 19) and...
Topics: Psalter, 13th century, France
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
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Free Library of Philadelphia, LC 14 13. England, Early 14th century.
Topics: Treatise, 14th century, English
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Widener 8. Naples, Italy France, Late 15th century. This manuscript is a fifteenth-century Book of Hours for the use of Paris that exemplifies the artistic exchanges between France and Italy that occurred in that period. While it was likely written in Paris in a Gothic bookhand in the early fifteenth century, it was illuminated in Naples later in the fifteenth century by both Cristoforo Majorana and another illuminator working in the style of the Master of the...
Topics: Book of Hours, 15th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by The Rosenbach
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The Rosenbach, Free Library of Philadelphia, MS 482/2. Andalusia, Spain, Circa 1500. This manuscript is a Spanish translation of De regimine principum, a treatise on the conduct of princes originally written by Giles of Rome, copied circa 1500. The opening rubric attributes the translation to Bernaldo, bishop of Osma (fol. 1r), but the translation, along with its glosses, is now attributed to Juan García de Castrojeriz. The work is divided into three books, which are subdivided into parts; the...
Topics: Treatise, 16th century, Spanish
Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 2. Germany, 1473; 15th century. This is a fifteenth-century German manuscript containing Pseudo-Albertus Magnus, De mirabilis mundi with exposition and gloss (ff. 3r-62v) and Boethis, De consolatione philisophiae with exposition and gloss (ff. 63r-238v). The front flyleaf (numbered 1) is a parchment leaf containing text from an unidentified grammatical treatise, while the back flyleaf (numbered 239) is a parchment leaf containing text from an unidentified...
Topics: 15th century, Germany, Philosophy